Bird (transportation company)

dockless scooter-sharing provider

Bird is a micromobility company based in Santa Monica, California. Founded in September 2017 Bird operated shared electric scooters in over 100 cities in Europe, the Middle East, and North America with 10 million rides in its first year of operation.[2]

Bird Rides, Inc.
IndustryDockless electric scooter sharing
Founded1 September 2017; 4 years ago (2017-09-01)
Santa Monica, California, United States
FounderTravis VanderZanden
HeadquartersSanta Monica, California, United States
Area served
Europe, Middle East, North America
Number of employees
ca. 600 (April 2020)[1]


Bird was founded in September 2017 by Travis VanderZanden, formerly an executive at Lyft and at Uber. It had its Series A round of funding in February 2018, raising $15 million led by Craft Ventures; this was followed by a Series B round in March for $100 million, led by Index Ventures and Valor Equity Partners, and a venture round in May for $150 million from Sequoia Capital,[3][4] becoming the fastest company to ever reach the $1 billion "unicorn" valuation.[5] In June 2018, Bird raised an additional $300 million, valuing the company at $2 billion.[6]


  1. "'It Felt Like a Black Mirror Episode' The Inside Account of How Bird Laid off 406 People in Two Minutes via a Zoom Webinar". dot.LA. 2020-04-02. Retrieved 2020-04-04.
  2. Yakowicz, Will (2018-12-10). "14 Months, 120 Cities, $2 Billion: There's Never Been a Company Like Bird. Is the World Ready?". Retrieved 2019-09-22.
  3. "Bird". Crunchbase. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  4. Zaleski, Olivia (May 29, 2018). "Bird Races to Become the First Scooter Unicorn". Bloomberg News. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. "Bird is the fastest startup ever to reach a $1 billion valuation". Quartz.
  6. "Scooter Startup Bird Doubles Valuation to $2 Billion in 4 Months". Inc.